So, the big news coming out of the wrestling world today is that Triple H will be out of commission for six whole weeks after being brutally attacked by Kevin Nash with a sledgehammer.
My guess is that Nash's sloppy powerbomb at Vengeance did a little too much damage to The Game, and the WWE had no option but to write him off so he could rest it for a little while.
Now, the talk is starting to spread like wildfire across the IWC about exactly where this HHH-Nash thing will go, and it's getting pretty wild.
"nWo will return!"
"No you fool! DX will return!"
"No you're both morons! BOTH will return and we'll all fly back to that glorious year of 1999!"
To be clear, I don't condone the return of either the nWo or DX, but you can't have either of these big stable revamps without the return of the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, who the WWE is considering having return to re-form DX, according to PWInsider.com (h/t Wrestle Heat).
He was in both of these awesome groups and would generate a monster buzz if he did decide to step back into the squared circle for some kind of angle, even if it just ended up being a "one more match" thing.
Well, I'm here to play devil's advocate and say that Shawn Michaels shouldn't return full time, or one time...or at all. In no way would his legacy not be tarnished if this was to happen.
Michaels is arguably the greatest wrestler of all time, and minus a few sporadic appearances, he went out on one of the highest notes possible a year-and-a-half ago in one of the greatest matches of all time.
His retirement marked a changing of the guard in many ways. Since then, a lot of the biggest superstars of the last 10 years have followed Shawn out the door. Guys like Chris Jericho, Batista and The Undertaker (I know he's coming back, but he's just about done too) have left the WWE as well.
Triple H has also only recently returned full-time after being gone for about as long as Michaels has, not including his WrestleMania match with The Undertaker this year of course.
All this change has created room for new stars like The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and the WWE's new golden boy CM Punk to take the reins and lead the WWE into a new era.
I'm interested to see the direction that the WWE goes with their new household names, and the return of Michaels would only set that back.
Currently, Kevin Nash is already taking too much time away from hard-working wrestlers who deserve their time in the spotlight and prove they can hang, and although I love Michaels, there's no doubt that his presence will do the same.
Wrestlers need to look at Michaels' retirement as an example of how to end their legacy on a positive note. Too many wrestlers are still performing 10, even 15 years past their prime, and it does nothing but destroy everything they once built.
As it always seems to happen though in this business, egos get in the way and legends become jokes. It kills me to see what both Hogan and Flair have become. Hopefully, Michaels left his ego back in 1998.
Michaels, at this stage of his Hall of Fame career, will always be The Showstopper, not some old curmudgeon trying to hopelessly rekindle the flame he once had back in the day.
I'm not doubting that the man can return full time and still put on a show, but that doesn't mean he should. He gave us his word that he would not return, and he should stick by that as much as he can.
Should he return every once and a while to cut a nice promo and build up a feud, much like what he did for Taker-HHH at WM? Absolutely.
Should he team up with HHH to take out a new nWo or any other stable the WWE decides to create? Hell to the No.
Unless he really wants the reach this level of pathetic.
Shawn Michaels is gone, and he's never coming back. Sure I'm upset when I think about that, but it's for his own good. The fans will continue to remember his greatest moments instead of watching him degrade right before his eyes.
If you truly appreciate what The Heartbreak Kid has done for wrestling, you will accept that and move on.